The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has on Wednesday, accused his predecessor, the Babatunde Fashola-led Ministry of Works, of frustrating his plan to rebuild the Oshodi – Murtala Muhammed Airport road.
The Governor, raised the alarm after inspecting projects which he plans to inaugurate as part of the Lagos at 50 celebrations, and the second anniversary of his administration.
He said although his administration had come up with a design for the reconstruction of the road and the funds for the project, the Federal Ministry of Works under Fashola, failed to give it the green light.
He said: “The road linking Oshodi to the International Airport, you would all agree with me, is a national embarrassment. In the spirit of the regeneration and urbanisation that this administration has set out to achieve, we believe strongly that the image that is exhumed by the decadence of that road must be repaired, and we took it upon ourselves to appropriate in the 2017 budget that the House of Assembly should approve the total reconstruction of the Airport road, from Oshodi to the International Airport.
“The State currently has a design of 10 lanes to come from Oshodi to the International Airport, with interchange and flyover that would drop you towards the Local Airport. The Contractor is already set to go and we already have the cash, but we are having challenges with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. This is a Federal and not a State road. The Federal Ministry of Works believes that they should do the road, but they have not been able to do it all these years past.”
He urged the Federal Government to release to the State the sum of N2 billion, appropriated for the Airport road in the 2017 National Budget, in order to carry out the project, as an addition to what the State would spend on it.
“I just want to appeal to the Federal Ministry of Works, to let go or reimburse us with whatever it is that they are owing us, and even if they are not willing to pay us now, we have the money to do it. It is a national disgrace. We would like to do it as part of the celebration of Lagos at 50,” Ambode said.
On the Presidential Lodge that was ceded to the State by President Muhammadu Buhari, Ambode said: “As we speak, we are yet gain entrance into that place. It’s frustrating our programme. So, I want to use this medium to appeal and say that the approval of Mr. President should be rightly honoured, and the agencies concerned that are the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Security Services, should honour that promise by Mr. President.”